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Banana Protein Muffins (Refined Sugar Free!)

by Heather

Let me welcome you to these banana protein muffins! Featuring whole wheat flour, oats, bananas, maple syrup, protein powder, and walnuts, these healthy muffins are the perfect afternoon snack, or easy breakfast to prep in advance. Enjoy a little more staying power with the added protein!

banana protein muffins

Protein powder in muffins

To add more protein to our banana protein muffins, we’re using protein powder. The original recipe uses brown rice protein powder.

Here are a couple more options if you are looking for a different type of protein powder to use. I suggest using unsweetened or vanilla!

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What you’ll need for banana protein muffins

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How to make banana protein muffins

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 6 muffin tin with oil or line with muffin liners.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, oats, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder, sea salt, and half the walnuts.
  3. In a smaller bowl mix together the mashed banana, maple syrup, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir the wet into the dry until just mixed.
  4. Pour into muffin tins until they are filled to the top. Top batter with the raining walnuts. Bake for 25-28 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean after being inserted into the center. Allow the muffins to cool for 10 minutes before removing from muffin tin to cool on a wire rack.
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Substitution ideas

  • Don’t have rolled oats? Use quick oats or substitute in more whole wheat pastry flour
  • Use unsweetened or vanilla protein powder
  • Want to add some chocolate in there? Mix in 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips!
  • Turn them into mini muffins and reduce the bake time down to 12-15 minutes

More healthy muffin recipes you’ll love:

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5 from 1 vote

Banana Protein Muffins

Let me welcome you to these banana protein muffins! Featuring whole wheat flour, oats, bananas, maple syrup, protein powder, and walnuts, these healthy muffins are the perfect afternoon snack, or easy breakfast to prep in advance. Enjoy a little more staying power with the added protein!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, muffins, protein powder
Servings: 6
Calories: 254kcal
Author: Heather

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 6 muffin tin with oil or line with muffin liners.
  • In a large bowl mix together the flour, oats, protein powder, cinnamon, baking powder, sea salt and half the walnuts.
  • In a smaller bowl mix together the mashed banana, maple syrup, egg and vanilla extract. Stir the wet into the dry until just mixed.
  • Pour into muffin tins until they are filled to the top. Top batter with the raining walnuts. Bake for 25-28 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean after being inserted into the center. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing from muffin tin to cool on a wire rack.
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Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 106IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 130mg | Iron: 2mg
Banana protein muffins

If you try this recipe, I’d love it if you left a star rating and comment below letting me know how it turned out!

XO

Heather

*Originally published in February 2012. Updated February 2021.*

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30 comments

Kristen (swanky dietitian) February 15, 2012 - 7:50 am

These muffins looks just delicious!
What a great idea to add protein powder. Love it!

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Get Healthy with Heather February 15, 2012 - 9:15 am

Thanks Kristen, they’re awesome grab n go snacks, especially for after a workout!

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Erica February 15, 2012 - 8:20 am

These look amazing!!!! Drool! The topping is so perfect! And I love your notes about “a normal person”. So fun

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Get Healthy with Heather February 15, 2012 - 9:16 am

Oh they sure are amazing! Just had one a little bit ago and totally wishing I had another!

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Lindsey February 15, 2012 - 8:27 am

Banana for sure 🙂 I cannot wait to make these!

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janetha February 15, 2012 - 9:20 am

These look good! You know I love my protein!

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 15, 2012 - 9:21 am

woot! These look so good! I need protein powder… 🙂

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Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 15, 2012 - 10:24 am

YUM! i’m a fan of any baked good with an extra boost of protein in it. 😉 what kind of protein powder did you use in them?

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Get Healthy with Heather February 15, 2012 - 10:56 am

Plain brown rice protein powder, the same stuff I used in my apple spice protein bars.

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Lisa@Healthy Diaries February 15, 2012 - 10:43 am

These look delicious Heather! I’ve been working on a banana muffin recipe using almond flour. I’m hoping to perfect my recipe soon!

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Get Healthy with Heather February 15, 2012 - 11:20 am

Mmmm almond flour would be delicious combined with banana!

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 15, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Heather they sound wonderful!! I love banana muffins and healthy ones are even better!

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Stephanie February 15, 2012 - 1:55 pm

Nice. I’m a huge fan of walnut “apple” muffins made with 1/2 grated carrots and 1/2 grated apple. I swear, I trained for a marathon on those!

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Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn February 15, 2012 - 3:12 pm

These look and sound amazing! I love any sort of baked good with banana in it and I love that these are healthy and packed with protein 🙂 I’m bookmarking this too make when I’m back home!

My favourite type of muffin is either blueberry or apple crumble muffins – I made them once: delicious!

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Angela @ Happy Fit Mama February 15, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Great recipe! I’m a big fan of muffins for fuel before a workout or after to refuel.

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Casey @ Insatiably Healthy February 15, 2012 - 4:03 pm

Love that you made the recipe for 6 servings. These sound like a great afternoon treat!

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Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 15, 2012 - 4:36 pm

Oh man these are definitely bookmarked!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 15, 2012 - 4:50 pm

These look perfect and I always am looking for ways to use up my ripe nanners!

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STUFT Mama February 15, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Well these just look marvelous. I’ve never added protein powder to muffins, but I keep wanting to try it. 🙂 I’d take these over Costco’s anyday!

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Alaina February 15, 2012 - 5:01 pm

The tops look so deliciously crumbly!

My favorite (and easy) muffins to make are brown sugar oat muffins. They come together in a jif and I enjoy them for every meal of the day. 🙂

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Kerry February 15, 2012 - 5:53 pm

these muffins look perfect! I love that they have some extra protein, and not too much sugar! I’m not a “normal” person either when it comes to sweet baked goods. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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Pure2raw twins February 15, 2012 - 6:54 pm

yum!!! can’t wait till we start to eat bananas again, as these muffins look heavenly! favorite muffin (we are not really muffin people, but would never turn one down either) – would be lemon blueberry then banana chocolate chip 😉

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Lacey February 16, 2012 - 8:32 am

Definitely going to make these soon! I am trying to incorporate more protein in my diet, and I never thought of baking with protein powder…which I have plenty of in my cupboard! Have you ever made anything with chocolate protein powder?

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Get Healthy with Heather February 16, 2012 - 8:39 am

I haven’t really baked with chocolate protein powder before… usually I just use it in smoothies the few times I’ve had it on hand. Normally I get vanilla or plain and can add cocoa powder to it for a chocolatey flavor.

I bet it would be tasty in these though! Banana and chocolate is an awesome combo.

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Jentry Nielsen February 16, 2012 - 3:47 pm

These sound SO delicious! I have a magic bullet too, saves my life daily! ha love it!!!
Thanks for sharing the recipe! I cannot wait to give these a try!

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Get Healthy with Heather February 17, 2012 - 2:01 pm

LOVE my magic bullet!

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Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner February 20, 2012 - 8:17 pm

I bet those taste incredible! Would it be possible to make these with no-flavored protein powder?

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Get Healthy with Heather February 21, 2012 - 7:02 am

Yup you sure can, I use a no flavored rice protein powder in mine!

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Kathleen February 21, 2012 - 10:45 am

YAY!!!! Thanks so much! 😀

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Amy February 18, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Hi Heather! These look & sound delicious! I would love to try & make these! However, I was wondering if you had the nutrition facts for them? I’d love to know how much protein, carbs, & fat is in one serving (muffin).

Thanks so much! 🙂

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